Eye Itching Home Care
Home treatment for eye irritation includes:
- Wash out your eyes several times per day.
- Use saline eye wash.
- Clean your eyelashes gently with a warm wet compress.
- Apply cold compresses:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Avoid exposure to smoke.
- Avoid rubbing the eyes.
- Avoid using eye makeup.
- Do not use contact lenses until your symptoms are gone.
- Take an antihistamine for itching:
- Try nonprescription allergic eyedrops:
Home treatment for exposure to an irritating chemical includes:
- Clean the chemical off of the face.
- Eye irrigation:
- Flush the eye with water or eyewash for 5-10 minutes.
- Try artificial tears to lubricate the eye.
Removal of an eyelash in the eye:
- Gently pull the lower eyelids away from the eye one at a time.
- Use saline eye irrigation solution from a dropper bottle to wash out the eyelash.
Eye Itching Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have eye irritation and any of the following:
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